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Young artists from around Thetford have made designs on anti-bullying

Sample entries from the anti-bullying design competition. Picture: Pop Up Enterprises CIC

Sample entries from the anti-bullying design competition. Picture: Pop Up Enterprises CIC

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Artwork around the theme of bullying produced by young people will go on display in a one-off exhibition.

More than 50 youngsters aged from 10 to 17 to have contributed to the project, which was part of a Thetford Young Enterprise Challenge competition.

The young artists behind the three winning anti-bullying artworks will each receive £25 and the chance to work with a professional designer to create t-shirts featuring their designs.

They will also receive support to sell their t-shirts and to promote anti-bullying.

Tom Gaskin, chief executive of Pop Up Enterprises CIC, which ran the competition, said: “I’ve been blown away by the standard of the entries received and the thought that has been put into the designs.

“Many of the entrants have drawn on their own personal experiences of bullying and have created inspiring designs that will hopefully give hope to other people affected by bullying and encourage them to seek support.”

The exhibition will take place on Wednesday, January 18 from 4pm to 7pm at the Keystone Innovation Centre, where the three competition winners will be announced.

Pop Up Enterprises CIC will also be running a series of free enterprise workshops in Thetford from January to March, where young people will be able to find out more about running their own business and making a difference within their community.

They will also have the opportunity to gain business experience and skills that could help with gaining future employment by helping the competition winners sell their anti-bullying t-shirts.

A free taster session will take place on Saturday, January 28 from 1pm to 4pm at the Keystone Innovation Centre.

For more information or to book a place email tom@popupenterprises.org.uk or call 07515 563536.

The Thetford Young Enterprise Challenge, which was launched by Pop Up Enterprises CIC in November during National Anti-Bullying Week, aims to promote anti-bullying and encourage young people in Thetford to be more entrepreneurial.

The challenge has been supported by the Breckland Youth Advisory Board, Ashtons Legal, Keystone Development Trust and Thetford Town Council.

Pop Up Enterprises CIC is a social enterprise specialising in the delivery of employability and enterprise training and support, helping young people to develop the skills and realise their full potential.

Have you got a Thetford story we should be covering? Email bethany.whymark@archant.co.uk

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